23 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

23 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

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23 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  15​h
1
Rockford
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Utica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Dusseldorf

8
nights
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rockford: Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb), Freeport (Oscar Taylor Home, Krape City Park, & more) and Edwards Apple Orchard (in Poplar Grove). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baumann Park & Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve, and don't miss a visit to Old Settlers Memorial Cabin.

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Dusseldorf, Germany to Rockford is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to Rockford. Traveling from Dusseldorf in September, you will find days in Rockford are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Utica.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Dixon, Freeport, Cherry Valley, Oregon, Stone Bridge Trail
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Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Edwards Apple Orchard ©
Edwards Apple Orchard

5
nights
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Change things up with these side-trips from Utica: Farnsworth House (in Plano), Weber House and Garden (in Streator) and Silver Springs State Park (in Yorkville). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Starved Rock State Park, see the interesting displays at Reddick Mansion and Gardens, take in the pleasant sights at Washington Square, and go for a stroll along the water at Heritage Harbor Ottawa.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Utica trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Rockford to Utica in 1.5 hours. October in Utica sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Utica

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ottawa, LaSalle, Silver Springs State Park, Farnsworth House, Weber House and Garden
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Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Matthiessen State Park ©
Matthiessen State Park
Silver Springs State Park ©
Silver Springs State Park

8
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Change things up with a short trip to Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, and don't miss a visit to The Magnificent Mile.

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Getting from Utica to Chicago by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. October in Chicago sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Oak Park, Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field